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Beyoncé Joins Live-Action ‘Lion King’ + More News From This Week

Beyoncé Joins Live-Action ‘Lion King’ + More News From This Week
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The full cast of the live-action “Lion King” has been announced.
And people are losing their minds. In addition to Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), John Oliver (Zazu), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), and Billy Eichner (Timon), all of whom were made official in the past months, Chiwetel Ejiofor will join as Scar, Keegan-Michael Key and Eric André will voice two hyenas, and, drum roll please, Beyoncé as Nala. (Facebook)

“Smash” fans rejoice!
Josh Safran, showrunner of the criminally misunderstood show’s second season, is bringing another musical series to the small screen: He’s developing a musical romantic-drama called “Mixtape” about “a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

More victims come forward accusing Hollywood heavyweights of assault and harassment.
This week saw six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct, two women come forward to speak about their inappropriate experiences with actor Dustin Hoffman, a number of men and crew members tell stories of Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct, and one woman accuse Jeremy Piven of inappropriate behavior on the set of “Entourage.” And the Producers Guild of America permanently banned Harvey Weinstein.

“Master of None” co-creator Alan Yang calls for “more women in positions of power.”
Speaking about the recent avalanche of sexual assault and harassment allegations against powerful men in Hollywood, Yang said, “Everyone’s being made aware, so let’s be allies to those speaking out...And honestly, we need more women in positions of power. Basically that’s going to help solve the issue.” (Variety)

The “Magic Mike” musical is definitely still happening.
And it’ll include a number with female dancers. Equality! (The Hollywood Reporter

In the wake of abuse Scandals, this politician hopes to protect models.
New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat of District 25 in Queens, has proposed new legislation to articulate greater protections for artists working in one of the more inherently vulnerable subsections of the entertainment industry: modeling. (Backstage)

Mindy Kaling is turning “Four Weddings and a Funeral” into an anthology series.
With “The Mindy Project” in its final season, Kaling’s next project will be a revival of the 1994 film for Hulu. She’ll be collaborating with her “Mindy Project” showrunner Matt Warburton and  “Four Weddings” screenwriter Richard Curtis. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Broadway stars fundraise for Hurrican Harvey victims.
Stars from “Dear Evan Hansen,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Wicked,” and beyond made their way to the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 30 for “Love Letter to Houston,” a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey, organized by Houston native and “Evan Hansen” actor Kristolyn Lloyd. (Backstage)

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